2008 Policy Documents
EPSRC and the Funding of UK Chemistry Research
18 December 2008 - The RSC considered issues that relate to the provision of resource to enable the UK chemistry research community to remain internationally competitive.
The Molecular Bioscience PhD and Women's Retention: A Survey and Comparison with Chemistry
08 December 2008 - a report prepared by Jessica Lober Newsome for the UK Resource Centre for Women in SET, the Biochemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry
Change of Heart: Career intentions and the chemistry PhD
27 November 2008 - The report summarises the findings of a survey of chemistry PhD students which relate to the issue of female attrition from chemistry
The chemistry PhD: the impact on women's retention
27 November 2008 - a report presenting qualitative data on the factors that discourage women more than men from planning a research career following a chemistry PhD
RSC Response to RCEP Study on adapting the UK to climate change
10 October 2008 - The RSC submitted a response to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution "Study on adapting the UK to climate change"
Minutes of a meeting between RSC Council and the EPSRC
2 October 2008 - Minutes of a meeting between RSC Council and the EPSRC
Biological approaches to enhance food-crop production
25th September 2008 - RSC and IChemE joint response to the Royal Society call for evidence. Future advances in the chemical sciences and chemical engineering will enhance food-crop production.
Towards Carbon Capture and Storage
22 September 2008 - the RSC submitted a joint response with the Institute of Biology and Institute of Physics to a Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) consultation.
RSC and IChemE joint response to the review of future directions in BBSRC-funded research relating to environmental change
21 July 2008 - comment on the future priorities for BBSRC-funded research relating to environmental change
Face to Face: UK Chemistry-Biology Interface
27 June 2008 - In order to have a better understanding of the role of chemistry in biological research today, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) commissioned 'Face to Face: UK Chemistry Biology Interface', which was carried out by People Science & Policy Ltd (PSP) during 2007.
RSC response to the Food Standards Agency consultation on the 'Proposal for a European regulation on novel foods'
20 June 2008 - the RSC responded in favour of a centralised procedure that would work to avoid national administrative procedures and unnecessary duplication.
Government Office for Science review of 'the quality, management and use of both natural and social science in the Food Standards Agency'
2 June 2008 - The document highlights the impact of the chemical sciences in the entire food chain; beginning with primary production, flowing through raw ingredient and product manufacture, to retailer and, finally, to the consumer.
Food Standards Agency's approach to sustainable development in policy making
30 May 2008 - RSC/IChemE Joint Submission emphasising that food production and the sustainability of the food supply chain (from primary production through food ingredient and product manufacture, distribution and waste) are important factors affecting consumer choice.
Engineering Life: The emerging field of synthetic biology
24 April 2008 - A joint policy seminar held by the RSC, Institute of Physics and Institute of Biology, provided an opportunity to discuss the application, current research capacity and support for synthetic biology, as well as social and ethical implications.
RSC response to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on "Defra Science: Invitation to help from EFRA Committee inquiry
27 March 2008 - the RSC responded to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee inquiry to examine the science capability of Defra and its agencies.
Consultation response form for the Research Excellence Framework
27 February 2008 - the RSC responded to HEFCE's proposals for a metrics-based Research Excellence Framework to replace the Research Assessment Exercise.
RSC evidence submitted to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution "Study on adapting the UK to climate change"
28th January 2008 - The RSC submitted evidence to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution "Study on adapting the UK to climate change"
Harnessing Light: Solar energy for a low carbon future
24 January 2008 - an RSC policy seminar looked at the development of the field of photochemistry from Einstein's work in the early 20th century to modern technologies.
RSC response to the Innovation, Universities and Skills Select Committee inquiry into renewable electricity-generation technologies
15 January 2008 - the RSC response to the Innovation, Universities and Skills Select Committee consultation on renewable electricity generation.